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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

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When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Irving Hellman ...
Mr. Crowtray
Monte Landis ...
Chip (as Damon Landis)
Gregory Brown ...
Mark Everett ...
Chuck (as Daryl Roach)
Bill Cable ...
Policeman #1
Sgt. Hunter


The cartoonish and childish character Pee Wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The story of a rebel and his bike. See more »


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Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pee-wees irre Abenteuer  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,184, 28 July 1985, Limited Release

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was actually the second screenplay Reubens wrote for a feature film adaptation. The first had Pee-Wee's Playhouse friends (from his HBO special) on a road trip. Even though this was a completely different script, it also used the title "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure". In interviews, Reubens refers to the 1985 movie as "The bicycle movie." See more »


When Francis goes to open the bathroom door, he is wearing a striped towel around his waist, however, in the very next shot, When his Butler falls in the tub, he is seen holding the towel in his hand. See more »


[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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One of Tim Burton's best films and one of the great classic comedies of all time. ***** out of 5
29 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the earliest films I can remember watching as a kid. I mean I was literally obsessed with Pee Wee Herman. HEck, I even dressed up like him for Halloween and I'll even admit I dressed up like him when I got back from school. I had the white church shoes and everything.

I even dress up like him nowadays from time to time... no no, just kidding... come back! I was only kidding.

Anyways, Paul Reubens created one of the funniest characters to grace the big and small screens and this Tim Burton film certainly had an impact on my life. I sincerely believe this film had a lot to do with my love of films today.

As funny as the film is, it's the look of it that probably drew me in at such a young age. I mean, there are tons of jokes that just fly right over your head at that age. The fact that this crazy guy in a red bow tie was going cross country to get back his gadget laden bicycle was really cool.

That bike, man... how I wanted one. And still do. :-) "Brush Brush Brush... Brush Brush Brush!"

The dream sequences are outstanding, especially the clown dream. Quite possibly why I hate clowns to this day. The visions of Pee Wee standing there while the surgeons hand surgical tools to one another in front of him is something disturbing. Not to mention the unveiling of the lead surgeon. I mean, these are some profoundly disturbing images... and let's not forget Large Marge! Sheesh!

The music by Danny Elfman remains one of his very best scores. And to think it was his first orchestral score! Brilliant!

The inclusion of Godzilla and Monster Zero was a real plus as I have always been a huge Godzilla fan. The chase through Warner Bros. back lot is really awesome!

I can't praise the film enough. Definitely one that is among my Top 20 films of all time.

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